These companies keep women front and center, whether their leaders are making comfy clothes for the trail or empowering the next generation of girls.

Everyone knows that some of the outdoor industry’s top brands are led by strong females — Rose Marcario of Patagonia, Sue Rechner of Merrell, Donna Carpenter of Burton, Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro, Amy Roberts of Outdoor Industry Association, Deanne Buck of Camber Outdoors, and Marisa Nicholson of Outdoor Retailer. But in celebration of International Women’s Day, we sought out a selection of smaller companies that you may not have heard about or may not have realized are headed by equally amazing gals. 

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